12 APR 2019: UPDATED: In July 2018, The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) was certified to represent roughly 3,000 flight attendants at WestJet's mainline carrier. CUPE has now filed an application at the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to represent flight attendants at WestJet Encore. A majority of WestJet Encore flight attendants have apparently signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, after citing the need for better schedules and better opportunities for career advancement among their reasons for seeking to unionize.

"CUPE has industry-leading experience and expertise in improving the working conditions and the lives of our flight attendant members," said CUPE National president Mark Hancock. "We look forward to adding Encore flight attendants to our airline family."

"Most definitely, my life is a lot better after joining CUPE," said Kruti Sutaria, who is now the secretary-treasurer of CUPE Local 4070, representing WestJet mainline flight attendants.

In July 2018, CUPE was certified to represent roughly 3,000 flight attendants at WestJet's mainline carrier. CUPE is Canada's flight attendant union, representing 15,000 flight attendants at ten different airlines nationwide.

President and CEO Ed Sims issued a statement regarding the application for CUPE certification of its WestJet Encore flight attendants,  "We respect the individual rights of our employees to choose their representation. The caring and passionate nature of all employee groups will ensure we collectively deliver on our strategy of becoming a global network airline while keeping safety at the forefront."

Original article updated to include a statement by WestJet president and CEO Ed Sims.

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